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Police were called to Ray McDonald’s house in May

Police were called to Ray McDonald’s home at least one time prior to last week’s episode that resulted in the 49ers defensive end’s arrest on suspicion of domestic abuse.

According to the San Jose Police Department, police responded to a disturbance call on May 25 at 8:09 p.m. A police spokeswoman said she could not give out any additional information, including whether a police report was taken, or whether there were additional calls prior to May.

A “415 disturbance call” often is used as a catch all in police dispatches, and the event in question can be anything from a loud party to a fight.

McDonald was arrested in the early morning hours last Sunday after police noticed marks on his pregnant fiancee’s arms and neck. Police have not yet handed the case to the district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to press charges. McDonald’s first court date is scheduled for Sept. 15.

McDonald started Sunday’s game in Dallas and played more snaps, 60, than any of the 49ers defensive linemen. He declined to speak with reporters after the game.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he told McDonald he didn’t have to play in the contest.

“I told him if your mind ain’t right, don’t feel like you need to play,” Fangio said. “I said, ‘I don’t want you to play if you can’t focus on what you need to do,’ and that wasn’t just lip service. He told me he was ready to play. I think he played pretty well.”

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